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LITTLE HOOT by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Kirkus Star


by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: March 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8118-6023-9
Publisher: Chronicle

Another captivating, crowd-pleasing twist on a familiar domestic issue from the creators of Little Pea (2005). Little Hoot likes school, and doesn’t mind practicing pondering and staring like a good owl—but hates, hates, hates having to stay up late. All of his friends go to bed early, so why can’t he? “Rules of the roost,” says Papa Owl. “Stay up and play for one more hour and then you can go to sleep,” says Mama Owl. “When I grow up, I’m going to let my kids go to bed as early as they want,” grumbles Little Hoot, slouching off for another hour’s fort-building, skateboarding and bed-jumping. Corace puts her big-headed birds in human dress and surrounds them, along with the occasional leaf-decorated bed or chair, with plenty of white space. Even very young children will respond to the outsized outrage that Little Hoot expresses in every simply drawn line and—when the long hour is up at last—the joyous release with which he bounds into bed without even waiting for a bedtime story. Parents too will find this droll switcheroo a hoot and a half. (Picture book. 4-6)